Now at Big Cat Rescue April 29 2014

2009 July Tiger Truck Stop 006

LA Legislature Agrees Tony the Tiger Deserves Better


BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Senate has refused to help a truck stop owner keep a tiger at his business.

Eighteen senators voted Monday for Sen. Rick Ward’s proposal to let Michael Sandlin hang onto his tiger. The bill needed 20 votes to pass.

Sandlin lost his license to keep the 550-pound Bengal tiger caged at his truck stop casino near Baton Rouge. He’s lost one court challenge, but has a second lawsuit pending over the issue.

Sen. J.P. Morrell, a Democrat from New Orleans, says the chain-link fence cage isn’t safe. He says the Legislature shouldn’t be meddling in the court case.

Thank you to everyone who wrote your lawmaker in Louisiana asking them to protect Tony the Tiger by killing the bill to circumvent the law.

2009 July Tiger Truck Stop 006


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  • Show Comments (11)

  • Christy Tarr

    Tigers belong in the wild. This tiger should not be living at a truck stop. Ugh humans are so stupid.

  • Breno Oliveira

    When I see those animals at truck stops in American movies, I thought it was just a movie thing, not that it really happened! People actually keep animals caged for showcasing them in these places?! That's ridiculous! Whoever enjoys that?! I mean, really, someone likes seeing them there?

  • Christine Bahr

    I am looking forward that cruelty comes to a final decision immediately….

  • Andrew James Gregor

    I sent about a hundred emails 😀

  • Dan Hetland

    Those 18 supposed legislative types who voted in favor of letting this clown keep this tiger are true jackasses. Perhaps they should spend some time behind a chainlink enclosure in the heat of a La. summer just to experience what cruelty really is. They worry so much about what is cruel and unusual for convicts and killers, but don't give a tinkers damn about a creature that is on the endangered species list. Do a little research fellas and you'll learn that there are many more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild. Sadly, they're are likely to be extinct before your grandchildren are grown and having children of their own, and that is a real tragedy.

  • Diane Campbell

    What will happen to Tony now? If BCR can't take him, is there another sanctuary?

  • Sharon Bell Tabbert

    Awesome!! Now the second one has to vote for Tony!!

  • Leonardo Mammone

    save tiger magic animal

  • Sue Terry

    But you aren't giving up on rescuing him, are you? He deserves so much more! :'(

  • Jean Blanco

    This is so sad. We the people can be so heartless and have hurt so many beautiful creatures. To have this magnificent Cat in a cage so small,unable to play or walk on grass Shame on you

  • Veronica Checkley

    Well that's one over now whens the next one t a king place does anybody know well wot about the big sanctuary have they got room for Tony if we win this next court hearing! I just cst undastand eighteen grown men agreed on that twat keeping Tony at the truck stop! knowing how he is living and they ageed too it its probably all to do with dollars! money talks! Vee in North London .

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